The 10th Star Trek film to be released December 13, 2002. Nemesis will feature the Romulans and what producer Rick Berman calls “the greatest villian since Khan”. See the following additional pages - warning! This section does contain spoilers, so read at your own risk! More coming soon.
Chat with the cast and crew of Nemesis. The following is the current schedule of chats at www.startrek.com:
LeVar Burton, 6 pm ET
Gates McFadden, 6 pm ET
Stuart Baird (Director), 6:30 pm ET
John Logan (Writer), 6 pm ET
Marina Sirtis, 6 pm ET
Jonathan Frakes, 6 pm ET
Official Plot Synopsis:On their way to celebrate the wedding of First Officer Will Riker and Counselor Deanna Troi, Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the Enterprise crew are suddenly diverted for an unexpected diplomatic mission to the planet Romulus. Longtime enemies of the Federation, the Romulans have expressed their desire to initiate negotiations that will hopefully lead to a long-awaited unity in the galaxy. But upon their arrival on Romulus, the Enterprise crew is faced with a threat that could lead to the destruction of the planet Earth, and Picard comes face to face with a man who may prove to be his most dangerous adversary yet ... and a surprisingly personal nemesis. Apparently, the Romulan plot will reveal a startling connection between Picard and Data and a surprising revelation about the Romulans.
Rumor Mill:Data will be killed off in this one (Berman says it’s not true though there will be some surprising things about Data). Picard will be killed off and Stewart helped write the death scene (interviews Jan. 9 on ET stated this was incorrect). This will be the last film with the Next Generation cast (possibly yes, though it hasn’t been decided yet - the trailer above does seem to indicate it will be). Guinan (Whoopie Goldberg) may make a cameo appearance at a celebratory event...possibly Troi and Riker’s wedding. Troi and Riker get married (this has been confirmed by the above mentioned Jan. 9 ET interview and other sources). Shinzon is Picard’s Clone - this looks likes this is true....created by the Romulans with some tie to Data as well.
August 22, 2002: Wesley cut from final edit. Apparently the film ran too long for the studio (over 3 hours) and the cameo by Wil Wheaton (Wesley Crusher) was one of the first things cut from the film.
Sirtis not happy with director. Marina Sirtis (Troi) has made some disparaging remarks against director Stuart Baird saying his unfamiliarity with Trek has hurt the film. Other reports say his choice gave a fresh outlook to the film...so guess we’ll see what happens.
August 14, 2002:Release date changed to December 13. Most likely to avoid competition with both Harry Potter and Two Towers due out in November.
June 26, 2002:Trailer released on both Entertainment Tonight and the official site. The small version is above. As the trailer includes the line “A Generation’s Final Journey”, it seems to hint that this will be the final movie with the TNG cast (or at least with most of the TNG cast).
April 22, 2002:Ashley Judd has Nemesis cameo? It's been confirmed that the actress will reprise her role of Robin Lefler from Star Trek: TNG in Nemesis. She previously appeared as Wesley Crusher's (Wil Wheaton) love interest in two episodes of the series. Seems the two have since become man and wife though. We assume she'll appear in the wedding scene where most of the other cameos are said to be. Update:Judd’s spokesperson denied this cameo appearance.
April 4, 2002: A newly released interview with director Stuart Baird has me a little worried. According to Baird, he knew very little about Star Trek before signing on to direct it. Having spent most of his career as an editor (Superman I & II, Outland and Tomb Raider), this is only his 3rd feature film and his first sci-fi directing job (his first 2 films were Executive Decision and US Marshals). While yes, it might give him a ‘fresh perspective’ as he looks at it, to me it makes more sense to have someone familiar with Trek direct it. The best Trek’s to me were directed by Nicholas Meyer (II, a long-time Trek fan) and Leonard Nimory (III & IV), though perhaps familiarity isn’t the best resume when you consider Shatner and Frakes’ efforts.
March 29, 2002: First official publicity photo released at left with Worf, Data, Riker, LaForge and Picard intensely looking at something on the view screen.
March 10, 2002:E! Online had a first look at Nemesis on March 8 with a report from the set and the first released photos of Shinzon. The interview is with Patrick Stewart who calls Shinzon “very bright, charasmatic, and psychologically a mess.” and reveals Picard is captured by him. He also indicates he feels this particular story is screaming for a sequel...which might dispel the rumor of this being the last film with the Next Generation cast. Take a look at the video (4.7 mb in Real Media format) and the photos.
December 31: Former Beauty and the Beast Star Ron Perlman will play the Viceroy, the mentor to Shinzon as he was growing up on Remus. The Viceroy will be a grotesque, Nosferatu-like creature with long fingernails and telepathic. He will invade Troi’s mind at one point in the film, setting Wil Riker on a path of revenge. Tom Hardy has been cast has Shinzon, the “Nemesis” referred to in the title.
December 11:Principal photography has begun on Nemesis.
November 21:It’s been confirmed that Kate Mulgrew will appear in Nemesis as Capt. Kathryn Janeway. She is slated to shoot 4 days for a brief cameo in the upcoming film. She will reportedly be an Admiral ordering Picard around :).
October 31: Alan Rickman (Professor Snape in Harry Potter and Hans Gruber in Die Hard) is supposedly the leader to play the Romulan Viceroy. Craig T. Nelson (The District) was previously mentioned. Jude Law is being considered for the part of Shinzon, a charismatic human who leads a Romulan revolt.
August 22:Dark Horizons has posted a review by someone who has read the script for Nemesis. Things may change in the final draft, but apparently and earlier version that opened with the wedding reception for Riker and Troi has been changed and it now opens in the Romulan Senate Chamber. The villian, Shinzon, has become the Romulan Praetor though suffers from a genetic disease that causes his face to split apart (what is it with diseases in the recent Trek movies??) Troi’s mind is violated by Shinzon’s second-in-command, Reman Viceroy which causes Riker to take revenge by engaging him in hand-to-hand combat. In this draft, Data sacrifices himself saving Picard as Shinzon’s ship is about to explode. Read the full review here.
Rumor is that Paramount has asked composer Hans Zimmer (Gladiator, Lion King, Mission Impossible 2) to score Nemesis.
July 16: Paramount has registered “Nemesis” as a trademark finally giving the script by John Logan a title. Logan is a long-time Star Trek fan which is a plus and supposedly knows more about the series than Berman.
Cast: Patrick Stewart (Capt. Picard) Jonathan Frakes (Will Riker) Brent Spiner (Data) Marina Sirtis (Troi) LaVar Burton (LaForge) Michael Dorn (Worf) Gates McFadden (Crusher) Tom Hardy (Shinzon [the “Nemesis”]) Ron Perlman (The Viceroy) Wil Wheaton (Wesley Crusher) Kate Mulgrew (Janeway - cameo) Stephen Culp (Cmdr. Madden) Dina Meyer (Donatra)
Crew: Director: Stuart Baird (US Marshalls) Writer: John Logan (Gladiator) Music by: Hans Zimmer?